Real Taoism - Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Ba Gua classes workshops and retreats in London, UK and France

Essential Breathing Workshop

Health and performance enhancement technique

Breath work for overall Health and Strength  :

Sunday  10th September  2017. 1.30 - 6pm  £68.00 inc Paypal fee

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Join us at the studio and engage in some blissful breathing. I will be sharing practical exercises done both lying down and standing that you can integrate into any sport or movement or mindfulness meditation regimen. You will explore how to locate and release tension from the internal viscera, connective tissue and organs and find some internal space. 

Vitality ( or a lack of vitality ) is directly proportional to the amount of oxygen that flows through your blood in proportion levels to carbon dioxide. so we will be developing your enthusiasm to feel better in your own skin

One of the goals as Qi Gong/ internal arts practice is to regulate the ratio of Carbon Dioxide to Oxygen levels in the blood. ( i.e, to normalize breathing ) Improved postural awareness and an increase of myo - fascial, i.e  tissue elasticity is extremely relevant to balancing your breathing

The day will focus on sensing what postural issues and life habits are creating problems for the future and using intelligent exercise to release tensions. This will include the lung, chest wall and diaphragm

We will examine lung and chest wall compliance and the myo-fascial connectivity of the diaphragm and the rest of the body in totality and then apply this new sense of awareness to classic Qi Gong exercise.

This is a unique workshop for you to explore your body in an intelligent way, to examine your relationship to your respiration and movement. This workshop can seriously enhance your practice in Internal arts, qi gong, martial arts, movement and performance.

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Tel: +44 (0)7801 550 302

Please check dates at time of booking as they may be subject to change.


In the unlikely event of a workshop cancellation your deposit or payments will be refunded. Please make all cheques payable to C.R Chappell.

Real Taoism workshops in London

For beginners, workshops are the ideal introduction to Life Arts practice.

Established practitioners

However, if you aren't a beginner and have a personal practice, these high-performance chi gung sets are ideal for developing and deepening your experience.

Easy to learn

These sets are complete Life Arts systems in their own right and serve to highlight specific qualities and aspects of internal movement.

They are neither choreographically complex nor difficult to learn. In the course of a workshop (one day or weekend – see schedule) you can learn an entire set which can radically enhance your health and performance.

Workshop Benefits  

  • Explore your mind/body
  • Work on specific body problems
  • Heal illnesses or injuries.
  • Learn a self-contained Life Art programme
  • Apply to a sport or performance art

Informal environment

Teachings are relaxed and informal with classes small enough for you to practice at your own pace and according to your level of competence.

We take great care to establish a facilitative and non-competitive learning environment so that your learning curve can be self- directed at a pace that you're comfortable with.

Deep relaxation

This sustained environment of relaxation and co-operation allows you to recognize hitherto un-noticed or hidden patterns of tension and establish deeper connections to your body's movements and energies.


Wear loose comfortable clothing, soft-soled flat shoes, socks or bare feet.

No special level of fitness is required as your participation is self-determined and you are free to work at your own pace and skill.

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Paul's story ....

Motor Cross Rider Paul Robey, once written off through injury, is bouncing back through Qi Gong....


"To cut a long story short, I was later diagnosed with a prolapse disc in my lower back and have never raced since. Aside from putting an end to my racing, over the coming months the pain would come and go, at times it was very bad and all my doctor could do was prescribe tramadol and valium - a concoction that did not by any means completely remove the pain, but served to make me feel like I was only just in the land of the living. Being reluctant to accept the advice of my doctor and surgeon, which was basically not to lift anything and to fill up on tablets, I did what most people in my situation do; I bounced between various practitioners (physiotherapists, chiropractic etc) who provided some comfort and partial relief but - as I would later learn from my experience with Chris – didn’t fundamentally address the root cause of my injury. By chance an acupuncturist recommended a visit to Real Taoism. After seeing Chris one-to-one I soon began to develop a clearer picture of the reasons why my back may have been injured. My legs were clearly not strong enough to support my lower back and the alignment of my spine was such that gravity (let alone the huge downward forces generated in motocross competition) would concentrate in my lower back, rather than be absorbed through the whole of my body. Practising Chi Gung has taught me to develop a deeper self-awareness of the way in which my body works and absorbs the stresses of daily life, not to mention a brutal sport like motocross. I now realise that the best person to correct my own physical mis-alignment is me . Discounting the obvious benefits, in terms of my general well-being and in eradicating pain, working with Chris over the last year has also given me real benefits with regard to my chosen sport. Chi Gung seems to me to be as much about mental practise as physical, in the sense that you learn to concentrate without distraction, you learn to breathe and relax effectively, all the time making physical effort. The practise of grounding in Chi Gung and the slow moving postures have also improved my balance and coordination - something that is tangible when I ride my mountain bike. Strangely, one of the best things I have learnt is how in the past I would be completely unaware of how I would overuse physical and mental energy when racing. Practising Chi Gung teaches you how to conjoin physical effort with relaxation - of the mind and body. In sporting terms it makes complete sense: maximum intensity with minimum effort. Whilst I haven’t yet gotten back on my motocross bike, with Chris's help I have reached a point where I am now competing in cross-country mountain bike races and have reached a comfortable training base where I can regularly cycle up to 80 miles per week - more or less pain free - on top of my standing practise. It is by no means a miracle cure, nor a quick fix, but Chi Gung and working with Chris has been by far and away the best therapy I have tried - and I have tried a lot." Paul Robey- London

Please note: These activities are not a substitute for the services of a doctor or psychotherapist. Please consult your doctor should you have any medical, emotional or mental problems before embarking on these activities.

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